A man has been arrested after antisemitic abuse was directed towards a Jewish family on the London Underground.
The suspect, whose name and age has not been released by police, was held in Birmingham on Saturday night on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence and he remains in custody.
His arrest came after a man was filmed reading anti-Jewish Bible passages to two young boys in skullcaps while they were travelling with their family on the Northern Line.
Wearing a cap and hoody, the man is seen in the video threatening a man off-camera after he tries to intervene before a woman in a hijab – Asma Shuweikh – confronts him.
The mother-of-two, from London, told the PA news agency she “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again”.
I would have loved more people to come up and say something, because if everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did.
Twitter users hailed Shuweikh a “hero”.
Reported by the Press Association, Shuweikh said she got off the Underground after two stops and did not realise the video was going viral until a friend texted her to say she had seen her on Twitter.
It was so heartwarming to see the responses and see what people were saying. I can’t take all the credit because a lot of other people were involved.
I would not hesitate to do it again.
H/T: Independent / Press Association